Springfield, MA -- Saturday afternoon at the Springfield Invitational in Springfield, MA, senior Gretchen Holoubek became the first female Mariner to qualify for ECAC Championships since Callie Beeler '08 accomplished the feat in 2005.
The Meet consisted of ten teams including Springfield, Merchant Marine, Amherst, Trinity, CCNY, Eastern Connecticut State, Manhattanville, Mt. St Mary, Wellesly, and Mt. Holyoke.
Holoubek's time of 3:09.43 in the one thousand meter run ranks third on the USMMA all-time list and was good for second place at the meet behind Mary Daley of Trinity College.
She was also a member of the record setting Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team along with senior Jessica Tyack, freshman Gloria Mahoney, and freshman Chelsea Tapper who placed fourth overall at the meet and set a new academy record by 13 seconds.
Their time of 14:05.58 is also good for the current top spot in the Landmark Conference.
Senior Tara Mulligan came just .09 meters away from breaking her own academy record in the Weight Throw, winning the meet and defeating Colleen Braque of Springfield by seven inches. Her throw of 13.22m is second best on USMMA's all-time list and Mulligan now holds all of the ten best Weight Throws at Merchant Marine.
Senior Amanda Gavrun and sophomore Elizabeth Simmons also had a strong throwing day, finishing fifth and eighth respectively in the Shot Put. Gavrun's throw of 9.57m was .08 off of her personal best, and 11th best at the academy behind only NCAA All-American Ana Maly '93 who holds the top nine places. (Gavrun holds spots 10 and 11) Simmons' distance of 7.99m was a significant improvement on her personal best.
In the 500m, Tyack broke her second academy record of the season with a time of 1:25.79. She finished second in her heat to Jennifer Angilieri of Mt. St. Mary. Tyack broke the academy mark in the 200m two weeks ago at the Wesleyan Invitational.
Also performing well in the 500m was Mahoney who moved into third on the USMMA all-time list with a time of 1:30.88.
Both Mautino and Staislaw did well individually with Mautino running the fifth best 60m Hurdles in academy history (Teammate Michelle Danhoff holds the top four spots) and Stanislaw set a new personal best mark in the 200m with a time of 31.37s; good for 14th all-time at the academy.
Mautino also set a personal best in the 200m with a mark of 31.71s.
"I'm just so thrilled with the direction of our women's program, said Head Coach Greg Lott. "I step back and watch Tara win overall against a high-quality field, Gretchen qualify for ECACs, and Jess destroy another Academy Record. A couple of years ago we were just trying to put bodies out there to fill the relays; now our girls are finishing in the middle of the pack against tough fields in the relays! When we get the rest of our ladies back from sea this spring we will be even more competitive. It's just night and day from three years ago. I'm so proud of them."
Merchant Marine will compete in the Susquehanna Invitational next weekend, which includes top programs in the mid-eastern region, such as Dickinson, Messiah, Salisbury, Gettysburg, Muhlenberg, and conference opponent Susquehanna, among others.